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DEMOCRACY AND COMMUNITY

Genre:

Philosophy

Author:

Jean-Luc Nancy, Peter Engelmann

Publisher:

Passagen

Language:

German

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jean-Luc Nancy is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg and teaches Political Philosophy and Media Aesthetics at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Peter Engelmann is a publisher, philosopher and editor at Passagen Verlag

Pages:

112

Publication:

DESCRIPTION:

The concept of community is tainted by the events of the twentieth century, frequently appropriated by totalitarian regimes for the purposes of exclusion and oppression. In this dialogue with Peter Engelmann, philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy attempts to reframe community as central to a reconceptualization of politics and democracy. Observing that all our interactions are in some way shared experiences, Nancy demonstrates that a common sense of life precedes our existence as individuals: we can only truly make sense of life in a plurality. Democracy is typically concerned with establishing political unity, yet its greater task lies in community: creating a space in which sense can realize itself and circulate. This conversation with one of France’s foremost thinkers will be of great interest to all readers of contemporary philosophy and political theory.

REVIEWS:

‘That the common is not a blanket under which we huddle with others for protection, but a blank that eludes us, is the political lesson Nancy has sought to impart. This moving interview exposes the restless vigilance required to safeguard the negativity of this profound insight against its collapse into utopian fantasy.’ _Joan Copjec, Brown University Ignaz Knips für den Widerspruch (Nr. 62) Andreas Tobler für den Tagesanzeiger (5. Januar 2016) Magazin engagée (Dezember 2015/Heft 2) Susanne Karr für Forum (Oktober 2015) Cord Riechelmann für das Philosophie Magazin (05/2015) Ralf Rother für Thalia.at (31. Mai 2015) Herbert Gnauer, Radio Dispositiv (Mai 2015) Torsten Flüh für nightout@berlin.de (8.Mai 2015) deutschlandradiokultur.de, René Aguigah (10. Mai 2015)

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